If LeVeon Bell plays under terms of the franchise tag, don't expect to see him until the first week of September, giving other players the chance to get first-team reps in training camp. At stake is a $14.55 million tender, which is about the same amount of money Bell is requesting yearly in a long-term contract. If a deal isn't reached by July 16, Bell won't be anywhere near Saint Vincent in July and August.
Bell didn't show up to preseason practices until almost the regular season last year as well. There's no fantasy concern here unless he indicates he might skip regular season games without a long-term contract.